Goodbye, cruel Rainbow world

OK… so since two people asked to see my letter to Rainbow Resource Center telling them why I will no longer be a customer of theirs, I’m going to take that as a “post it, please.” Especially since I can’t seem to get it together long enough to write this truly amazing scintillating post on some recent good fantasy books that I read. I’ve been meaning to write this damn post forever and it’s Just. Not. Happening.

So without further ado:

RedMolly, Queen of the Heathen Homeschoolers

[address redacted]

20, 2008

and Linda Schneider
Resource Center, Inc.
[address redacted]

Mr. and Mrs. Schneider:

have been a Rainbow Resource Center customer for three years, ever
since our family began our homeschooling journey with our younger
son. Your catalog has provided me with invaluable information and
inspiration, and I have appreciated your company’s broad selection,
budget-friendly prices and (most of all) detailed product reviews.
Since receiving the 2008-2009 catalog, I have already created a
product “Wish List” totaling over $300 in potential orders.

during a more careful read-through of the catalog, I noticed your
review for Institutes of Biblical Law by
Rousas John Rushdoony (catalog page 683, product no. 003919). After
reading this review several times and discussing it with fellow
homeschoolers from a variety of faith backgrounds, I regret to inform
you that I will no longer be doing business with your company and
must request that you remove me from your mailing list.

This review, which describes
Rushdoony’s book as “a meaty discussion of many current issues with
profound implications,” strikes me as disingenuous at best and
possibly deceptive at worst. Nowhere in the review are Rushdoony’s
stated positions—such as his endorsement of the death penalty for
adulterers or disobedient children, his description of democracy as
“heresy” or his characterization of the civil rights movement as
rooted in voodoo and “Negro” magic—discussed or even mentioned.
Indeed, anyone reading this review with no previous knowledge of
Rushdoony and his writings would have no idea of the meat of
Rushdoony’s primary thesis: that democracy is un-Christian and
anti-Christian, and that true believers must work to replace existing
forms of government with a theocracy rooted in the very most
uncharitable and graceless interpretation possible of Old Testament
law. Instead, the review contains neutral assertions such as “The
next three chapters are devoted to the promises of the law and how
the law was viewed in both the Old and New Testaments. Chapter 14
delves into the Church, and is somewhat different in that it is
discussed in light of New Testament as well as Old Testament
passages. The last chapter analyzes how biblical law has been
reflected in Western society.”

Please note that I am in no way
condemning your decision to carry this book, though I might question
its relevance to homeschooling. Rather, I question the wisdom—and
possibly the motivation—of describing this book in such bland,
inoffensive terms when the book itself is anything but bland or
inoffensive. Even among the most conservative Evangelical groups,
Rushdoony’s ideas are hardly common currency. I believe that you have
provided your customers with a less than honest assessment of a book
whose proposals I think—as, I suspect, most homeschooling American
families would—border upon treasonous.

at some point in the future, you should choose to revise your review
Institutes of
Biblical Law
include a more thorough assessment of Rushdoony’s statements, I will
be delighted to begin shopping with Rainbow Resource Center once

Thank you very much for taking
the time to read and consider my letter. I wish you and your family
all the best.

Very truly yours,

Molly Newman

Too many words, huh? And now I’m going to get hits from creepy people Googling “Negro magic.” Also, I should’ve probably included an e-mail address or a phone number or something. Alas. Which reminds me… I also wanted to write a post about the Alas Awards. Maybe some other time…

About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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5 Responses to Goodbye, cruel Rainbow world

  1. Rosalyn says:

    Great post, Molly!
    I wish I had an account with Rainbow so I could cancel it too.
    Don’t worry… if they have your subscription info (which they will, so they can cancel it), they’ll know how to get hold of you if they want to.

  2. Jeannie says:

    Yay Molly! I hope for many that it was an editorial oversight and they immediately rectify it.

  3. Oh please do publish their response if they have guts enough to send one!

  4. Mimi says:

    I agree, I am curious as to their response.

  5. molly says:

    good for you. This reminds me of my favorite Quaker joke, in which our Friend is accosted by a preacher trying to convert him to some flamboyant bible bangin’. The Quaker asks the preacher if his job is not to save poor souls from burning in Hell, and when the preacher affirms this, the Quaker asks why does he not rush hither and get to work?

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